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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    A
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A-
Sun Valley Community School is a top rated, private, boarding school located in Sun Valley, ID. It has 380 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 6 to 1. Tuition is $49,250 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 95% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$31,250
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$49,250
Received Financial Aid
27%
Average Financial Aid
$13,085

Sun Valley Community School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1290
64 responses
Average ACT
29
24 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
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  • Fall Campout
    31%
  • All of the outdoor trips
    25%
  • Powder Day
    25%
  • Homecoming
    6%
  • School Trips
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    6%

Boarding

Students Boarding
15%
Boarding Days Per Week
7-day
Top Countries
Brazil, Finland, Germany, Japan, Norway
International Boarding Students
2%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
380
63%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.8 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.8 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
6:1
National
17:1
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
88%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
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Sun Valley Community School is a special place in the Wood River Valley, bordering the Sawtooth mountains! The school takes full advantage of its access to the outdoors. My children enjoy the variety in their school day, as no day is like the other, except for the warm, friendly, and incredilbly talented teachers. As a parent, not having to convince or make a bargain with your child to go to school, or count down the days to the weekend, or the next break is such a relief. Both of my kids love going to school. The parent community is also wonderful and supportive. There are many community-building events that take place throughout the year. They vary from holiday events to community service, to book clubs. Sun Valley Community School is a gem in the gem state!
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Oh, Sun Valley Community School--you had opportunity to be so much more! Instead of opening your windows to the world and admitting students for the diverse international and cultural perspectives they would bring--the hallmark of an excellent, well-rounded education--you narrowed your focus to being a ski academy for (mainly) privileged white kids. The result? A homogenous student body that simply does not know how to be welcoming of--or curious about-- kids from diverse backgrounds. (The few kids who have attended that are from diverse backgrounds confirm this is the case.) I gave school 4 stars because of extraordinary teacher quality and outdoor program. But there's a big missing piece to a $30,000 SVCS education--and it's glaring.
I have bounced around schools throughout my time in high school and SVCS is the only one that could accommodate all of my interests. I can be challenged in the classroom but I can also have the time and flexibility to pursue a high level of competitive skiing. The teachers genuinely care about the students and I am always encouraged to run with projects and topics I find interesting. If I want to pursue something that isn't necessarily in the syllabus, the teachers will do whatever they can to make it so I can follow my passions and interests. Every class is a discussion and I never feel talked at or lectured. The different academies - ski, outdoor leadership, and creative arts - allow all kinds of different students to expand their interests. The hands-on, immersive learning you find at SVCS is completely unique. The dorms are currently adjusting to the rapidly expanding student body and are going through some growing pains but that is to be expected.